Mars 29, 2018. Mot de la semaine or Word of the week: Attendre / To wait. And waiting for God’s next move.

663E320B-FFC4-4FD3-8E3E-D14FCBAB116FBonjour mes amies – des fleurs pour vous.  Les fleurs sont un signe du printemps.

Nous attendons le printemps.  Nous attendons l’ete.  Nous attendons l’automne.  Nous attendons l’hiver.  Nous attendons et nous attendons et nous attendons.  

Nous sommes simples.  Nous sommes minuscules.  Nos esprits sont petits

Arreter!  Vous perdez votre temps.

Waiting on God’s next move –

We are all so simple, all so small – if only we could comprehend Your magnitude.

Attendre / To wait –

The French verb that means to wait for or to await.

It is one of those false friends as it does not mean to attend – but looks like it should.  And is derived from the Latin (vulgar versus the classical) word Attendō.

French / attendre.  Italian / attendere.  Spanish / attender.  All derived from the same vulgar Latin word.

Always fascinated with languages and more so word origins, it’s difficult for me to read.

When I read (especially in French), I frequently stop on a word – examine it’s structure and think about its possible origin.  Happening upon words and losing myself in their thoughts.

According to the website, the alternative (vulgar) Latin form of attendo is adtendo and its origin and history derive from ad + tendo (meaning to stretch and extend).

As stated on the website, the word was used in relation to the stretching of a bow, when taking aim at a target.

I can see this bow in my mind, wait for it…wait for it…  I think as the string is pulled back and the arrow released…  Attendo…Attendo… as the arrow flies through the air…bull’s-eye!

Many times I’ve heard the word of the week (attendre) used in France.  Mostly when someone is aggravated or they need someone to stop doing something quickly.  Oh and always while entering a Rond Point.

Here’s a ramble for you –

To focus on living in the present – we must wait.  And while we wait – we must live.  And while we live – we must not focus on the wait.  Round and round we go in this circle.

Recently, I remarked to my sister how I’ve stopped planning and am just waiting for God’s next move.  I then continued by saying how even though I was waiting for God’s next move, I was silently waiting for his move to include sunshine and exciting cool people who speak French.

As I spoke the above, I was immediately struck by how ignorant I am.  I say I trust God, but I silently wish.  This is so bizarre.  Is my simple and small human brain trying to manipulate God?  Then I hear Him, and He reminds me that He is so much bigger than I can comprehend.  And that I’m okay and it’s okay if I wish (or better yet pray).  Because as He explains, He’s got it.  He’s got it all.  He’s that BIG.  And I should seriously relax.

As I continue to let go of my worries, I find a calm that I welcome.  A freeing sense of peace.  And at the same time an excitement at what He has in store next for me.

And yes, I still hope it includes sunshine and exciting cool people who speak French.

Suz learns French while she runs –

This week’s running went… I simply ran.

I ran after not running for 2 weeks.  I was able to hold a 9 minute pace for 3 miles.  But can I do this for 13.1 miles?

My goal is to run each half marathon under 2 hours.  The last half marathon I ran – I pushed that limit and ran a 1:58.  Cutting it close.

And now, I have less than 2 months to get in shape as I attempt to stay under two hours.

This is the my personal benchmark.  And it’s what I strive for, but as I age, should I cut myself some slack?  I may need to come May.  But I will try to stay under 2 hours.

I have 2 major events planned for May and after a long winter, I have a lot of catching up to do.

As I run, my thoughts are only on my breath – no French is spoken as I gasped for air.  My face is red, the others asked me if I am okay.  “I’m okay, I’ve just not been running like I should,”  I respond.  I’ve been waiting for the rain to stop and the sun to shine.

When the sun finally shows its face – the green will be so green and the blue will be so blue.

No more waiting.  Juste be – OH AND RUN so you can meet your personal goal.

Attendre – 

Nous attendons le printemps. Nous attendons l’ete. Nous attendons l’automne. Nous attendons l’hiver. Nous attendons et nous attendons et nous attendons.

Nous sommes simples. Nous sommes minuscules. Nos esprits sont petits

Arreter! Vous perdez votre temps. 



Author: suzlearnsfrench

My name is Suz and I'm addicted to France and all things French. I can't speak French, but I'm working on it. I've been working on it for 33 years. I'm married to a man who is half French and our running joke is "my next husband will be full French." However, I'm never giving this one up.

5 thoughts on “Mars 29, 2018. Mot de la semaine or Word of the week: Attendre / To wait. And waiting for God’s next move.”

  1. It’s good to analyse the language as you learn it. That’s only my opinion but I am certain that as one improves the whole makes so much more sense for the stopping and researching of words. I have to caution myself daily at the moment not to wish my life away as I prepare for a big step in a few days and an even bigger one in less than a month (I’m superstitious so I won’t tempt whoever is in charge by blabbing until it’s done) … running will be a good distraction and though I only have a very small first goal it is a goal nonetheless – just a little 5k to warm up in May for me – bravo to you for focusing on half marathons. Bisous à toi de France 🇫🇷

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    1. Now I’m excited to see what you have planned in the next few days and in less than a month. You’ll have to let me know. Running is a great distraction! And a 5K is an awesome goal – I steer clear of them – because I feel pressured to have to run fast. Whereas in the longer distances – I feel I can run a little slower. Thanks for stopping by and reading and responding. It’s always nice to hear from you. I’m sure you have many similar language experiences. Although there are many French words that are similar to the English word – the two (languages) are still so different. As fascinated as I am with the French language – I’m just as fascinated with the English language. America has been influenced by so many different languages and cultures. It’s very interesting to live here. I wish I could find a job where I was paid to just read about history.

      Have a great weekend.


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  2. What a great post – Hero Husband and myself are both crazy peeps who are forever looking up words in different languages. HH is a French spoken Swiss, me a Swiss German/German Swiss. We both speak English (or some form of it), I speak Italian, we get by in Portugal with a few words and a bright smile – but heck, we fall over every possible language hurdle there is. There is SO much to misinterprete, misunderstand, not getting a vital detail…. and I’m very often very angry with HH because he has not the first idea of a sense of humour AND he doesn’t understand my subtle insinuations, ever…

    Now: I LOVE the next bit: I’ve stopped planning and am just waiting for God’s next move. I then continued by saying how even though I was waiting for God’s next move, I was silently waiting for his move to include sunshine and exciting cool people….
    I shall, with your approval hopefully, ‘integrate’ this philosophy of ‘replying to God’s next move’ in my life. I’m pretty much already there, as I’m an active Christian (w/o EVER trying to bend or convince a non believer of any kind) who thinks (and stands to be corrected which hasn’t happened – yet) that everything to ‘befall’ me is meant to be – OK, we have to do our bit, and do it as well as we possibly can – but then we also fare well having an unlimited amount of belief in God’s ‘planning’. If I didn’t have that I probably would have killed myself several times over or would have led a terribly sad and worryful life. Yet I’m joyful, mostly happy, positive and believe in the best in every person I meet. So thank you for that.

    Must hurry on!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I’m so glad you like it!

      Your English is great! Much better than my French-I can’t conjugate verbs very well.

      God is great! IL est fantastique!

      I am so impressed that you can speak so many languages or at least get by. My dream is to walk the Camino in Portugal. I should learn a few words.

      À bientôt Suz

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